Timur Bekmambetov is prepped to begin shooting his bloody fake biopic, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, based off the best-selling novel by Seth Grahame-Smith. Benjamin Walker will get his chance to shine by portraying the famous U.S. president as he not only crusades to preserve the Union – decapitating blood-thirsty monsters along the way.
Alan Tudyk is the latest addition to the film’s cast and will play the role of Stephen Douglas, a real-life figure who debated Lincoln during the 1860 election – and whose short stature, but intimidating manner earned him the nickname “The Little Giant.”
Variety has confirmed the involvement of Tudyk, who will also play a supporting role in this summer’s Transformers: Dark of the Moon. The actor is best known for his recurring role on Joss Whedon’s short-lived TV show Firefly, and his turns in comedies like Dodgeball (as Steve the Pirate) and Death at a Funeral (sans clothing). He’s also made memorable appearances on other semi-cult sci-fi shows like Dollhouse and V.
Besides Tudyk and Walker, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter will feature Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Lincoln’s longtime wife, Mary Todd; Robin McLeavy as his mother, Nancy Hanks Lincoln; Jimmi Simpson as Lincoln’s friend and personal assistant, Josh Speed; and Anthony Mackie and Dominic Cooper as two pivotal but fictional characters from Grahame-Smith’s original novel.
Check out Walker, Winstead, Tudyk, and Simpson alongside their real-life counterparts in the image (created by the folks over at Coming Soon) below:
Bekmambetov and Grahame-Smith (who also scripted the adaptation) are designing Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter as a no-holds-barred period action flick – complete with hyper-kinetic carriage chases, Civil War battles, and plenty of vampire-related violence to go around. The $69 million production will be shot in 3D, so expect there to be no shortage of axes, blood, and gore flying out at the camera in the final product.
The basic premise behind Vampire Hunter is intentionally quite ridiculous, but Grahame-Smith’s novel plays it straight-faced – and the film adaptation is expected to do the same. A biographical pic about the life of one of the more important figures in U.S. history – one that throws Wanted-style action sequences with supernatural creatures into the mix – could easily be very stupid, but also very entertaining.
No one who goes to see this movie will be expecting to use their brain, and Bekmambetov’s resume is very much composed of films that are style over substance. On the other hand, maybe his latest project will surprise us all and be a relatively complex character study. Crazier things have happened, right?
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter hits theaters in the U.S. on June 22nd, 2012.